Like Christopher Robin, I have been “BISY” and there haven’t been as many updates to the blog recently as I’d have liked.
I found this feather while walking to the village the other day. I assume it’s a woodpecker feather, though I suppose it could belong to a hoopoe – we certainly see the abubilla more often than the pájaro carpintero, which I hear sometimes but catch sight of only on very rare occasions.
The feather markings made me think of the Spotted or Herbaceous Backson, although, of course, the Backson isn’t the only mythical beast that is spotted.
(From The Spotted Unicorn by Roger McGough, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura.)